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(NECN: Ally Donnelly) – It has been an emotional day for relatives of the victims and families of the defendants.
We are getting reaction from both sides following the verdicts.
Who can make sense of such senseless violence? It was such a tragedy with five people shot and four people killed, including a 2-year-old boy.
The victims’ families say they can’t, but they can make little sense either of what happened Thursday.
Court officers had to carry out a kicking and screaming Ebony Flonory after a jury acquitted one man and declared a mistrial for another in the chilling execution of her 21-year-old sister Eyanna.
“I can never call my sister. She cannot see what’s going on. But they’re found not guilty, they can do anything they want. And I think that’s not fair. My sister and my nephew’s killers are found not guilty. That means they’re walking. The justice systems sucks.”
Ebony’s sister, her nephew, and two others were stripped naked and murdered in one of the most horrific massacres this city has ever seen.
“You don’t know what it’s like to lose a child,” said Cynthia Francois, a victim’s mother. “To see these guys come in here, I’ve been here over a month, and to see these guys come in here and then be able to walk away, it’s hurting. It’s hurting.”
Jury deliberated for seven days but acquitted Edward Washington and could not reach a verdict on Dwayne Moore, who prosecutors maintain slaughtered the four people over drugs.
Outside the Suffolk Superior Court House, family members heckled defense attorneys, calling them baby killers.
“The justice system ain’t s***,” said Deloris Flonory, a victim’s grandmother.
When asked if she was frustrated, she responded in disgust, asking how anyone else would feel if they lost someone in their family.
“I’m very disgusted with the system.”
There was another mother in the courtroom: Washington’s mother.
Despite what he is accused of doing, she maintains he is innocent, but she did say she feels bad for the victims’ families.